Some days, when I don't eat eggs, I don't consume the recommended 550 mg of choline per day. Will I die?? Also, is the betaine nutritionally equivalent to choline, meaning that you can take 550 mg of choline or betaine and be fine? And the days I don't eat eggs I can make up by eating spinach and wheat bran (hope not to be banned for the latter)?
asked bygiacinto (571)
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on February 19, 2013
at 11:14 PM
"Will I die??"
Yes, I'm afraid you will. Eventually. Sorry to have to tell you this, mortality is unavoidable.
Seriously though, choline need is dependent on a lot of factors, like dietary fat intake and a a whole host of other things. One of these factors is betaine intake. If you're getting plenty of betaine the body won't convert choline to betaine to use in methylation reaction in the body, so you'll need less choline. You'll still need choline to make important biological compounds like acetylcholine and phosphidylcholine (sp?) but even then, choline can be made, to some extent from methionine. Methionine is an amino acid found abundantly in meat so if you're eating some meat you can probably make a decent amount of choline, enough to avoid outright deficiency.
So unless you're trying to reverse some ailment like fatty liver disease, I think you'll be fine if you don't get 550 mg of choline (though "fine" certainly isn't the highest rung on the ladder of health).